The professional League of Legends scene is proud to boast a staggering number of memorable eSports moments. Since the inception of the game’s competitive circuit a little over half a decade ago, the pro scene and the wider eSports industry have grown phenomenally. Yet in spite of the game’s rapid evolution, a handful of dramatic in-game moments will stand the test of time – engraved into the very mechanics of League of Legends.
From Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez’s heart-stopping backdoor victory for Fnatic over SK Gaming, to Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok’s miraculous outplay against rival Yoo “Ryu” Sang-ook, some of summoners rifts most memorable plays have become so iconic that players across the world have come to recognise recreating the moment as to channel the prowess of the play’s original pioneer.
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The majority of the League of Legends ‘labelled’ plays and skills were first innovated during the game’s early competitive seasons, moments that the more recent lolesports fans may otherwise be unfamiliar with. To have a particular in-game mechanic named after yourself is perhaps the greatest honour any professional eSports player could hope for, a legacy that will stand the test of time long after retirement.
Yet for a number of pros who are still referenced for their memorable plays on the rift, the actions attributed to their names are less a badge of honour, but moments they’d rather forget!
How many of the following legendary players’ in-game abilities will continue to stand the test of time?
The “Insec Kick”
A move made famous by Jungler Choi "inSec" In-seok, a renowned Lee Sin player.
The “Madlife Hook”
Hong "MadLife" Min-gi is widely regarded as the best aggressive Support in the world - his ability to predictively land skillshots is now legendary.
The “Flame Horizon”
OGN casters DoA and Montecristo coined the term 'The Flame Horizon', referring to Lee "Flame" Ho-jong's ability to consistently dominate his lane opponent - often resulting in a 100cs lead.
The “xPeke Backdoor”
Perhaps the most watched moment in competitive League of Legends - the iconic moment from the then Fnatic Mid Laner is now the benchmark for players attempting to single-handedly end the game.
Simply put, to "pull a Faker" is to completely outplay your opponent mechanically and leave them with egg on their face. Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok solo kill on Zed is perhaps his most famous example.
Ram "Brokenshard" Djemal is infamous for being executed as he attempted to take his red buff against Evil Geniuses. Now every time a Jungler dies to his own camps, players fondly recall Brokenshard's embarrassment.
The “Scarra Ward”
It's without doubt one of the hardest things to do in the game, requiring pinpoint accuracy... as hilariously proven by William "scarra" Li's frustrating efforts.
A running gag in the community involves poor Brandon "Saintvicious" DiMarco uncanny ability to consistently miss smite on high value objectives - now a classic insult.
The “Cpt Jack QSS”
A devastating AD Carry in his prime, Kang "Cpt Jack" Hyung-woo will be best remembered for the precious timing on his cleanse abilities.
Kimi Raikkonen's wife. Source: Twitter
A legacy the Counter Logic Gaming Jungler would rather not own. Jake "Xmithie" Puchero's Sejuani ultimates against Team Liquid in a crucial LCS match were so bad, he cost his team the entire game.
The “Dyrus Flash”
Though many might associate the play of the former Team SoloMid Top Laner as "being hung out to dry" by your team - Marcus "Dyrus" Hill has established a far more jovial legacy for being able to escape death with one difficult flash move.
The “sOAZ Teleport”
Paul "sOAZ" Boyer is known as the Top Laner who cheats death - appreciated for his Teleport escapes (Most famous one being against SK Telecom T1 in 2015 World Championship semifinals).
The “Turtle Flash”
For all those moments you flash in to secure a kill and end up dying in the process - the Turtle Flash by any other name. Jason "WildTurtle" Tran has a tendency to go "wild" when he gets bored, flashing into the enemy base for 1 kill during the LCS with no way out.
To “Throw a Reginald”
The original blue card salute. The former player, now Team SoloMid owner, was an avid Twisted Fate player... sadly his inability to draw the right combination of cards has earned him a place in League of Legends history for all the wrong reasons.